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  • Ready or not, Taco Bell’s answer to the chicken sandwich wars is here

    Have we reached crispy chicken sandwich fatigue yet? Because Taco Bell wants in, even though its entry into the fast food wars isn’t really a sandwich at all. The house of Doritos Locos Tacos and the mystifying Crunchwrap Supreme is scaling back the theatrics with Crispy Tortilla Chicken — aka, chicken strips breaded with jalapeno buttermilk and tortilla chips. By Taco Bell standards, this dish might even be considered pedestrian. Notably one of the few menu items without “supreme” in […]

  • Dog gnaws off own leg after it was left in cold with no food, frozen water

    EXETER, Mich. – An upstate New York man faces several charges after his dog appeared to have chewed off one of its own limbs, state police say. Carl K. Pritchard, 59, of Exeter, faces charges of agriculture and markets law overdriving, torturing and injuring animals, failure to provide proper sustenance and failure to provide appropriate shelter for a dog left outdoors. The dog, Zoe – who appears to be an older German shepherd mix – was found outside in a […]

  • Firefighters rescue Illinois’ boy’s birthday party after only one kid shows up

    PLAINFIELD, Ill. — There was no fire to fight, but the Plainfield Fire Department answered the call to save a boy’s birthday after only one friend made it out to his party last weekend. All 7-year-old Dominic Giatras wanted for his birthday was a party with his friends. His parents rented GymQuest in Plainfield for a Saturday afternoon celebration, but the 20 guests he expected were no-shows. Noreen Mattson was working the front desk at GymQuest, and said her heart […]

  • Hollywood executive reportedly wanted Julia Roberts as Harriet Tubman in a biopic

    A Hollywood studio executive once suggested that Julia Roberts should play iconic African-American activist Harriet Tubman in a biopic. In a recent Q&A, screenwriter Gregory Allen Howard opened up about the 26-year journey to getting the “Harriet” biopic to the big screen. At the time the effort started, he said, Hollywood was not the same. “I wanted to turn Harriet Tubman’s life, which I’d studied in college, into an action-adventure movie. The climate in Hollywood, however, was very different back […]

  • ‘I want these guys to go home’: Missouri man searches for families of WWI Navy sailors in found photos

    LIBERTY, Mo. – A Missouri man is trying to find the families of two Navy sailors so he can reunite them with pictures he found of the veterans. James Large was helping a friend clear out a wrecked Winnebago at a scrapyard when something caught his eye. “I didn’t think anything of it at the time,” he told WDAF. “I just grabbed it because I knew they were old and were from the war-era.” Scattered between a pile of papers […]

  • Cottage cheese recalled due to possible plastic, metal contamination

    About 9,500 cases of Breakstone’s Cottage Cheese have been voluntarily recalled due to possible plastic and metal contamination. The company says that pieces of red plastic and metal may have been introduced during production, according to the FDA. The company discovered the issue when it was notified by a consumer of the presence of a piece of red plastic in a container of cottage cheese. There have reportedly been six consumer complaints but no reports of illness or injury. The […]

  • Mötley Crüe announces reunion, blows up ‘cessation of touring agreement’ in video

    Nearly six years after agreeing never to tour again, Mötley Crüe released a video showing them literally blowing up the alleged contract preventing them from going on tour. Rolling Stone reports that the heavy metal group will join two other legendary bands, Poison and Def Leppard, for a 2020 stadium tour in the U.S. Neither band has officially confirmed the report. Mötley Crüe said in the statement that the success of Netflix biopic The Dirt resulted in “a massive surge in […]

  • Nike designs new shoe for ‘everyday heroes’ working in healthcare industry

    PORTLAND, Ore. (WJW) — Shoe giant Nike has created a new shoe for our everyday heroes. According to Nike, the Air Zoom Pulse was designed with nurses, doctors, home health providers and others medical professionals in mind. Nike conducted on-the-ground product testing and used medical workers’ insights when creating this new shoe. Designers of the Air Zoom Pulse learned from staff at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, located in Portland, Oregon, about the rigorous activities health care workers endure in their day-to-day efforts. […]

  • ‘Secret Sister’ holiday gift exchange scam is back

    Now that the holidays are here, so are social media posts about a gift exchange that promises you’ll get between 6 and 36 gifts if you participate. Don’t fall for it — it’s a scam! The same scam surfaced in previous years, too. The so-called “secret sister” gift exchange has circulated widely on Facebook, Reddit and various forums, according to Snopes.  The posts often promise participants 36 gifts in exchange for one present valued at $10. Snopes pointed out that, despite […]

  • Colorado man arrested after body found ‘encased’ in concrete in apartment basement

    ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) – A body “encased” in concrete was found in the basement of an apartment Friday in Adams County, Colorado the sheriff’s office says. An image from KDVR shows a team from the sheriff’s office processing the crime scene at 7899 York Street. Russell Montoya Jr., 38, was arrested at the same address on Thursday and charged with first degree murder and tampering with physical evidence, the sheriff’s office said. Detectives say a shooting and homicide occurred in […]

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